Garlic Fried Rice Recipe | How to make Sinangag

Garlic Fried Rice Recipe
Sinangag” means “Garlic fried rice” which happens to be a popular Filipino breakfast that is very simple to make and requires very few ingredients. It is also known as “Poor Man’s Fried Rice” or “Filipino Garlic Fried Rice”. It is usually served with fried eggs and fish which will make a wholesome nutritious meal. As the basic Sinangag recipe is very simple, one can always adapt it to suit one’s palate. I tried the basic version a few days ago and though it tasted really good, the family, more used to spicy food found it a wee bit bland.  So made a few changes and the result was something that’s too good. Give it a try and I’m sure this garlic fried rice will become your go to comfort food especially on a cold rainy day.

garlic fried rice
Sinangag is basically made using left over rice, so if you have excess rice left over after cooking for a crowd, you can always make this to have a hearty meal. I packed this rice along with the Baby Potato Sambal for the lunch box to school and according to both the kids, all the other kids went ga ga over it.

We, the Avant Garde Cookies, are cooking with the recipe name starting with letter “G” and this recipe seemed an apt choice for this week’s theme.

Sinangag Recipe

Garlic Fried Rice Recipe / Sinangag

Prep time: 5 mins  |  Cook time: 10 mins  |  Serves: 2
Cuisine: Filipino  |  Category: Breakfast


  • Cooked rice – 2 cups
  • Garlic – 10 pods
  • Red chili paste – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
For garnish:
  • Spring onions, greens – 2 tsp


  1. Crush the garlic pods using a mortar and pestle and keep aside.
  2. Heat a wok with oil. Add crushed Garlic and sauté over low flame for 3- 4 minutes. The garlic should become brown in color, crisp and aromatic.
  3. Add the Red chili paste and saute over high flame for a minute. Now add cooked rice, salt and mix well.
  4. Let it cook over medium flame for another 2-3 minutes. Toss rice well so that the garlic and the garlic oil, coats the rice well.
  5. Garnish with chopped spring onion greens and serve piping hot with fried eggs.
Filipino Sinangag


  1. You can add red chili sauce instead of the paste but it also lends a sweet and tangy taste.
  2. You can avoid red chili paste and instead season with ground black or white pepper.
  3. You can also add 1 tsp of dark soy sauce for an added flavor.
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